Last day at the pool
The Tates Creek, Shillito and Woodland pools will close for the season at 5 p.m.
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Roots & Heritage Festival begins
It started as a neighborhood street fair in 1989; now this event draws thousands for a celebration of black culture, featuring concerts, arts and crafts, a parade and more, along Elm Tree Lane between Short and Fourth streets. The festival runs through Sunday. (Rootsfestky.com)
The circus is in town
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus presents Circus Xtreme, featuring feats of strength, agility and courage. Shows are 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m., and 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Arena. Tickets are $15 to $65. (Ticketmaster.com)
Time for a brat and a brew
For live music, games, food and drink, head to Christ the King Oktoberfest on Friday and Saturday at Cathedral of Christ the King, 299 Colony Boulevard. Headliners for live music include Gin Blossoms on Friday and Fastball on Saturday. Attraction start at 4 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. (Ctkoktoberfest.com)
Kentucky’s own Loretta Lynn performs
The most awarded female country recording artist will play Renfro Valley in Mount Vernon. 8:30 p.m.; $55-$65.
16th annual Doggie Paddle
Take your canine friend for a swim from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Woodland Aquatic Center, 190 Old Park Avenue; $10-$25 depending on what time your dog swims. Proceeds go toward improving the city’s dog parks and to Lexington Humane Society. You can register for a time at Lexingtonhumanesociety.org. Humans will not be allowed to swim and dogs must be up-to-date on rabies and city license.